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Jonestown Threnody : for string septet

by David Chisholm (2008)

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Work Overview

Jonestown Threnody was inspired by Stanley Nelson's extraordinary 2006 documentary Jonestown: The life and death of the People's Temple and was written to mark the 30 year anniversary of the Jonestown Massacre, the largest mass suicide in modern history.

The work was recorded, mixed and mastered by Myles Mumford at Experimental Media Performing Arts Center, New York on November 24 and 25 performed by ICE (International Contemporary Ensemble) conducted by Eric Dudley.

Work Details

Year: 2008

Instrumentation: 2 violins, 2 viola, 2 cellos, double bass.

Duration: 9 min.

Difficulty: Advanced — Extremely complex rhythm and colour requirements

Dedication note: Dedicated to the children of Jonestown

Commission note: Commissioned by EMPAC (Experimental Media Performing Arts Center, New York) and BalletLab as a source work for MIRACLE

First performance: by International Contemporary Ensemble, Eric Dudley — Nov 08. Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York

Performances of this work

17 Jul 2010: at Particle Zoo II (Meat Market (Arts House)). Featuring Arcko Symphonic Ensemble.

30 May 2009: at Pulling Strings (Richmond Uniting Church). Featuring Arcko Symphonic Ensemble, Timothy Phillips.

Nov 08: Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center, New York. Featuring International Contemporary Ensemble, Eric Dudley.

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